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3226  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: iPhone Alarms Don't Work on: January 04, 2011, 10:33:09 AM
Yet oddly enough the alarm on the $8 wristwatch I bought at K-Mart (6 years ago) is still working just fine.

Roll Eyes ...And I do know a bit about writing code for clocks with alarms & stuff...  cheesy
3227  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Not backing up will cost you! on: January 04, 2011, 10:22:43 AM
There is a section on my site in the Quick Facts section about RAID types and usages. It was made up (long ago) of reproduced articles that I didn't want to lose so I could refer to them quickly if need be.

RAID Configurations
3228  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Not backing up will cost you! on: January 04, 2011, 09:53:23 AM
RAID isn't a bad thing, it's just not something you can do safely in a half-assed manner. If you're seriously looking at building a box to permanently store 10TB of data - that you actually expect to have 5-10 years from now - Do Not Frankenstein it together from "kit" parts. Stuff breaks, but never in a timely fashion ... You need to get something mainstream. From a major manufacture ... That will have replacement parts available down the road.

You can get (refurbished) off-lease commercial hardware for a fraction of the initial selling price. And reputable resellers will also provide warranties for up-to a full year. As an example:

 Here is a Dell PowerEdge 2950 for $860. It's a Dual Xeon with 4GB RAM, and a True Hardware RAID controller which will handle up to 6 2TB SATA drives. Add a completely legal server license for an additional $250.

 I have personally bought several refurb servers from them for both in-house and client use, and their service has always been excellent.
3229  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: complete 180 on mouse preference - what's the best cheap mouse? on: January 04, 2011, 07:29:28 AM
This can't be that uncommon? My wrist tends to stay fixed, acting as the pivot for my hand. So that means lifting the mouse a lot to get the cursor to travel plenty of distance. This just feels a lot less trouble than moving my whole arm to get the same cursor movement.

Especially with multiple monitors (and/or some wide ones) it's basically mandatory (i think). I do it most frequently when jumping between windows that are on opposite sides of the desktop.

Move cursor to new work-area center position, then lift mouse and set back down on center of pad where your (unmoved) wrist is most comfortable. I'll be willing to bet most people do this - but unconsciously.

Right? smiley
3230  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What would it look like if all DC visitors were gathered in one place? on: January 04, 2011, 06:56:37 AM
Very cool find App103!

I tried my site, and it is actually considerably larger than the average bathroom.
3231  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Wireless sensor on: January 04, 2011, 06:49:07 AM
(Long-Shot> IIRC... the logon screen uses the HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT profile...Which also has a subkey entry for Software\Microsoft\Current Version\Run

I've used this key/profile decription in the past to enable num-lock on the logon screen, so it could be worth a shot to try running/launching it from there.
3232  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: "VeggieSquares" - Children's Game on: January 03, 2011, 09:48:04 PM
For instance, I do not believe it would be wise to try and become a C++ programmer at this stage in my life, but I think I still can learn.

I wouldn't rule that out just yet, it's a great language, and there are free versions of MSVS available from MS. Hell if I can figure it out - starting a bit late at 35 (then) - it can't be that hard... Wink
3233  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Slash your windows boot time on: January 03, 2011, 03:36:35 PM
Not a direct solution (more a rule-of-thumb), but when I run into this type of thing I usually just move the leftover files to another (temp) folder.

If nothing complains imediately, then they're not currently loaded (good sign).

Reboot and check for related errors.

Depending on the situation I may sit on the (to-be-deleted) temp folder for X time period before actually dumping it.

*Shrug* Just a Thought... smiley
3234  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder.com NEW SERVER ACTIVATED Dec 17, 2010 on: January 03, 2011, 12:33:06 PM
 huh ...I thought it was just me ... But I was slightly drunk last week (yes all of it).
3235  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: iPhone Alarms Don't Work on: January 03, 2011, 08:58:58 AM
Add in parentheses? What's the Difference signature? Maybe some parameters?

Think::Different(Arrogance** lots)

Not that? tongue cheesy

Okay, you win.  cheesy
3236  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: iPhone Alarms Don't Work on: January 03, 2011, 07:43:53 AM
Silly buggers~! Let me fix that...

Formatted for C++ with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. while(!ringing) {
  2.      if(timenow == alarmtime) {
  3.          Think::Different; // <--+++--<<<<< Colons and semi-colon~!
  4.      }else{
  5.          ringing=FALSE; // ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
  6.      }
  7. }

There we go~! tongue
Hm... I don't think that'll work, Think::Different is a reference to a class they don't actually have.
Think = Different; // May at least compile *Shrug* Either that or a Windows Phone... Wink
3237  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: iPhone Alarms Don't Work on: January 03, 2011, 06:55:03 AM
Reason for being tardy: Thinking Different.

I heard about this on the news this morning, and was actually too shocked to laugh - I am chuckling now however, and will continue to do so for most of the day - How the hell does one screw up something that basic?

Formatted for C++ with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. while(!ringing) {
  2.      if(timenow == alarmtime) {
  3.          Think Different. // <--+++--<<<<< Bugg!
  4.      }else{
  5.          ringing=FALSE; // ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
  6.      }
  7. }
3238  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In need of security advice ... on: January 01, 2011, 10:11:46 PM
If I can view the content then that's simply it, I have a copy of it on my machine, a copy I was willfully given.

...and that is the best short description of the end-game so far. Anything viewed is already had, end of story.

Locks only keep out honest people, and copyrights don't scare anybody - Dire FBI warning at the beginning of every movie ... ever meet anyone that didn't laugh at it? I haven't.
3239  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: December 30, 2010, 05:03:13 PM
hehe - Been thinkin' about this a bit huh? - I was pondering something much the same but using a custom file extension and file header check (both already exist). Then playable tone files could be created to play through the PC speaker.

The chances of this going (way) out of scope quickly are high ... But I'm thinking.
3240  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: December 30, 2010, 09:41:16 AM
I use T-Clock 2010 but I don't have external speaker.  Sad
My wish: Allow user to use PC Speaker's beep for hourly chime.  smiley

I can't guarantee a time-line, but I will look into it as an option.
3241  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: December 29, 2010, 12:47:57 PM
if you want to add super simple optional update checking, im happy to help show you how to use dcuhelper.
I'm thinking I should probably have an installer before I go that route. But I'll keep it in mind as is is something I'd been toying with doing.
3242  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: So, when you're working, do you... on: December 29, 2010, 12:38:34 PM
I like it quiet (save for the hum of many fans), and dark (or dimly lit). The older I get the harder it is to focus ... I have enough problems distracting myself with tangents.
3243  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: December 28, 2010, 01:31:25 PM

Btw.: no need to restrict the Alarm labelling  on sound files, this also works great with all other applications:
huh lol ...I never thought of trying that. But will make a note to explore it as an option in the future.

While time did not allow for the inclusion of the display timers feature you requested in the current build. I'm still looking into it as an option ... This is why Kazuto Soto's TClock Lite has now been included in the T-Clock history page. I'm trying to make sure all of the relevant previous authors (TClock did branch a few times) get proper credit.
3244  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: December 28, 2010, 12:42:03 PM
In keeping with the "I'm running out of time" theme, I slapped together a quickie (rush job) website for the (semi) final release of T-Clock 2010 with screen shots and general info.
3245  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Naming and Shaming Bad Forums with Bad Ethics on: December 28, 2010, 12:24:19 PM
It's often been wisely said that what you say isn't nearly as important as how you say it. Therein lying the rub. In a form of communication that is exclusively text based, the inflection applied to the words in the posters head doesn't necessarily (ever) translate well to the reader. This can cause frustration (which is quite rare in IT...) to be perceived as rudeness even tho it was not actually the intent.

So as Gwen7 mentioned a bit of understanding goes a long way... (Well said G)

I add this as a continuation of my earlier post in the defense of the "stupid" question. As most of us aren't really all that bright when we hit topics that are outside of our respective skill-sets. I myself have asked a few questions here at DC that were for-all-intent-and-purpose dumber than hell. But I did so in the hopes that someone would give me a gentile kick in the right direction...and that it may just help some other poor sap who couldn't quite muster the stones to put on the dunce cap for a bit.
3246  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Naming and Shaming Bad Forums with Bad Ethics on: December 27, 2010, 10:19:43 AM
One problem with manuals is they're not always free or available. As an example, our company paid $15,000 for a phone system, which came with a service & support contract, and zero documentation (which is still an ongoing battle that will not end until I win).

One's stress level can easily effect how "dumb" a question they will field. Like if you are on-site, with a client breathing down your neck, and you have to shit something brillient...now! - We've all been there - Especially when dealing with a new, proprietary, or both system. There is then a tendency to do a broad hip-shot question (that sounds stupid...) in the hopes of finding somebody that is familiar with said system ... So they can help you formulate the right question, and get an answer. e.g. Manuals are only helpful if you either have a specific question, or sufficient time to read the entire thing from cover to cover.

RTFM doesn't have to be mean:
3247  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why I Don't Want an iPad for Christmas on: December 26, 2010, 02:04:54 PM
That sounds like a great (from-the-streets) human interest story for KewlAid...
3248  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Need a New Mouse on: December 26, 2010, 10:00:53 AM
I've never been a fan of wireless devices as I frequently have far too many things on my mind to be trying to remember to charge a slew of widgets. Hard wired = powered at all times and ready for input. Any device that (isn't tethered) can be walked off with, can be lost, and that's hardly convenient IMO).

I've used these Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical for years. They're cheap, simple, require no accessory software, and just work regardless of what machine/OS I connect them to.

I tend to appreciate things that really are effectively idiot simple.
3249  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: December 23, 2010, 03:00:54 PM
    As is also noted in the version history. It occured to me that 12/23/2010 is the end of 2010 ... So I either need to release this thing or change the name. So... the now currently posted build 90 is not (supposed-to-be...) a beta. So while 90 is to be the final build of 2010 ... the Suggestion Box is still open. Wink

   The most important part of build 90 is the the Fuzzy Font bugg has been killed by adding a Font Quality option to the Clock Text Tab. This allows newer OS's to use the newer ClearType font rendering options, and eliminates the need for me to try and pick a (hard-coded) best rendering option for all OS's across-the-board ... Mainly because there isn't one. So, pictures being better than words...:



   The most fun addition (at least for me) was the request for a more visual alarm event in the form of a bouncing window. This conjured up an image of a Jack Russel Terrier (small highly energetic dog) boncing wildly in an almost cartoonish fashion...Which is an image I could not get out of my head.

    So, I added it.


   There is a good bit of granularity in the bouncing behavior but the chosen defaults seem to me to work the best. The ricocheting (Dialoggie) window does pull focus so simply hitting enter will stop it ... But then you can't read it. This is why the default behavior has the window bouncing for 3 seconds, and then stopping (center screen) for 3 seconds to give the user time to read and respond to it. Both Bounce and Pause (Paws...) periods are adjustable as are the speed, movement (delta), direction (skew),  and nature (Randomize Bounce Height) of the Alarm window's antics.
3250  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Softlayer Caves on Wikileaks Mirror on: December 23, 2010, 02:16:30 PM
And faced with the absence of widespread public protest and resistance, most governments have chosen to interpret this silence as a token of consent and approval for the direction they're taking.

Quote true, a "shining example" of this is the one remaining (minority) segment of the population for whom discrimination is not only acceptable, but encouraged. That minority being Smokers:

They (we...) are repeatedly hit with tax after tax levied for the purpose of monetarily crippling them (us...) out of existence.
They are repeatedly and publicly shamed by dogmatic propaganda.
They are forced out into inclement weather for "Health Reasons".
They are fined for being themselves in public.

Now, before anybody starts with the but? but? buts? ... Think really hard about this one key point. Right now in some cities you can be fined up-wards of $500 just for smoking a cigarette in a public park (e.g. outside, in a field, nowhere near anybody). Now...

With that as a precedent, in 20 years, what else won't you be allowed to do in the park?
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